212th MAY 2013 ISSUE 2
COMPANY COMMANDER CPT PARKER PLACES THE 194TH EN BDE PATCH ON THE RIGHT SLEEVE OF SPC LAWSON, WHILE SPC SWANSON IS CONGRATULATED BY 1SG BEARD-SOWELL. SOLDIERS ON THEIR FIRST DEPLOYMENT ATTENDED THE COMBAT PATCH CEREMONY ON 10 MAY.
FROM THE FIRST SERGEANT In this fast-paced world we live in, too many things and people in our lives are taken for granted. As you all know, Mother’s Day has passed, Memorial’s Day is near, and Father’s Day will be here soon. We sometimes tend to overlook the underlying importance of certain things and people in our live who contributed in shaping us into the person we are. With this being said, I am asking that we not forget to let our loved ones know that the things they do for us do not go unnoticed.
Let us stop and give thanks to our spouse, to our parents, to our children, and to our significant others to let them know how much they are appreciated and loved. Also, let us not forget that Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. Let us stop and give thanks for the many that have died protecting that freedom.
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VIDEO MAIL! WE’LL SHOW YOU ANOTHER WAY YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES CAN KEEP IN TOUCH. CHECK IT OUT ON PAGE 2.
MAY BIRTHDAYS SPC BASKERVILLE, SGT EVANS, SGT KELLEY, SPC PALMER, SGT POYNER, PFC RHODES, SGT SHAVCHUK
JUNE BIRTHDAYS SPC ASHER, SPC BREEDEN, SGT CARPENTER, SPC EDWARDS, SGT FRY, SGT GELLURT, SGT HATLEY, SSG LANE, SPC NELLETT, SPC NEWSOME, SPC RILEY, SSG WEBB, SGT WEBB
(VIDEO) MAIL CALL! With the time difference between Kuwait and Tennessee we may find it hard sometimes to make the call home at an hour that works both for the Soldier and our loved ones. Even with internet access and computers or tablets with webcams, we may not be able to find the time to call or video chat. That being said, there Is an alternate solution. Though it may not be as great as a live call, YouTube offers the ability to load up to a 10 minute video using the same technology Skype, FaceTime, or any of the other video chats use. It also allows for a “private” option, meaning only people with the link OR access to the account can view them. And, possibly better than live video chat, users have the ability to watch the videos multiple times. Consider using this to have your soldier read a bedtime story to their children, send messages for special occasions, or a message that can just be replayed over and over to bring comfort to their little ones. STEP 1:
STEP 2: Step 1: Log in to your You Tube account and hit upload in the top corner, just to the left of your user information. Step 2. If you have already recorded a video file, hit the big button that says “select files to upload”. If you haven't recorded one yet, hit the button on the far right under “create videos— webcam capture”. Step 3. When your video uploads you can set a number of features to include a title, brief description, category and more. On the right side, top column you will see a drop down menu to set your privacy settings. Hit that menu and select “private”. Once your video has been uploaded it will provide you with a link that you can email to your Soldier or family member so that they can access the video. NOTE: There have been issues at times with the videos once the links are sent saying that the video is private and is unavailable to load. It may be easier to have a shared gmail account that you both can access. From there you can access any uploaded video once you log into your account. We hope this helps you all find just one more way to utilize the technology available to us and that it makes this brief separation easier on you. If you have any questions, message them to our Facebook page and we will do our best to help you.
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AN HONORED TRADITION ON MAY 10TH, FIRST TIME DEPLOYING SOLDIERS OF THE 212TH TOOK PART IN A CEREMONY OF SIGNIFICANT MEANING AND HISTORY, AND WERE AWARDED THE RIGHT TO JOIN MANY OF THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ARMS IN DONNING WHAT IS KNOWN AS A “COMBAT PATCH”. SOLDIERS WHO ARE COMBAT VETERANS ARE AUTHORIZED PERMANENT WEAR OF THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA OF THE UNIT THEY FOUGHT WITH ON THEIR RIGHT SHOULDER. THIS SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA RECOGNIZES "FORMER WARTIME SERVICE". CHECK OUR COMPANY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT. FAR LEFT: 212TH SOLDIERS STAND IN FORMATION DURING THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA CEREMONY.
CPT PARKER PLACES THE COMBAT PATCH ON SPC DESHIELDS.
SPC TURNES GETS HER PATCH FROM CPT PARKER.
LEFT: SPC TUCKER, SPC ASHER AND SGT SCHAD DURING THE CEREMONY.
FAR LEFT: SPC SMITH AND SPC SVEBACK
LEFT: PFC WARE TALKS WITH THE FIRST SERGEANT AS SPC BASKERVILLE GETS HIS PATCH FROM THE CAPTAIN.
FAR LEFT: SPC RHODES, SPC CARROLL AND SPC KELLEY STAND AS THE COMMANDER AND FIRST SERGEANT CONTINUE DOWN THE RANKS.
SPC SIMON SHAKES HANDS WITH COMPANY FIRST SERGEANT, 1SG BEARD-SOWELL UPON RECEIVING HIS PATCH.
MOVING ON UP !
Getting promoted is a big step in the military. It’s a show of trust in the leadership abilities and skills of the soldiers entrusted to wear the rank they are receiving. The following Soldiers have been promoted recently: PFC CHANDLER, PFC THOMPSON, SPC DUCKETT, SPC JONES, SPC NORWOOD, SPC POWELL, SPC RHODES, SPC RILEY, SPC SIMON, SPC WARE, SPC WILLIAMS, SGT LEWIS, 1LT ALBRITTON, 1LT CRANDALL FAR LEFT: SPC LEWIS JOINS THE NON COMISSIONED OFFICER CORPS, PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SERGEANT AND PINNED BY HIS PLATOON LEADER AND PLATOON SERGEANT. LEFT: PRIVATES FIRST CLASS JONES AND DUCKETT ARE PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF SPECIALIST IN A PLATOON FORMATION LED BY LT DAVIS AND SFC COATES.
ON THE JOB
SOLDIERS FROM THE 212TH ARE STILL WORKING HARD RENNOVATING, BUILDING FROM SCRATCH, TEARING DOWN EXISTING STRUCTURES FOR RELOCATION AND MORE. THEY’RE NOT ONLY BUILDING BUT THEY’RE LEARNING HOW TO BUILD, BEING TAUGHT BY THEIR FELLOW SOLDIERS AND BECOMING MORE TECHNICALLY PROFICIENT. LOOK FOR MORE PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
A BIG THANK YOU! BEING FAR AWAY FROM HOME IS HARD ON OUR SOLDIERS BUT IT’S ALSO HARD ON THE CHILDREN OF OUR SOLDIERS. RECENTLY WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A GREAT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDED US WITH A SMALL GIFT FOR OUR MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO SEND HOME TO THEIR CHILDREN. THE 212TH WOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE AT DOG TAGS FOR KIDS, AND THEIR DONORS, FOR SENDING US OVER 200 OF THE TAGS (PICTURED ON THE LEFT) FOR US TO DISPERSE AND SEND HOME. IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE, SHARE THIS COMPANY WITH OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS YOU KNOW ARE DEPLOYED OR JUST SEND A PERSONAL THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT RUN THIS COMPANY, PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AND SHOW THEM OUR SUPPORT AT WWW.DOGTAGSFORKIDS.COM.